The hardest blogpost is definetly the second. How do you follow up on the intro post about who you are and what you care about. Well more stuff I care about I guess.
So I started a blogpost about how Blizzard let down their strategy fans by focusing only on the MMO aspect of the Warcraft Universe, and not making another hit like Warcraft III. but the blogpost fell through because I really didn't play Warcraft 1 and 2 as much as I did the third installment. I had cousin who did, but in the 1990's Norway, getting the scoop on the inside of the gaming industry was pretty hard, All we ever heard was rumors set out by a guy who wanted to be cool, so everything I had in form of of background story (which I deem important to a blog post) was either by hearsay, or shotty research from Wikipedia.
I owe you better than that.
Now I might go back to that train of thought another time. Because to tell the truth, I'd rather see another RTS set in the Warcraft Universe than another expansion to World of Warcraft.
But back to the new blog post. With the big news today being the newest trailer to GTA V. I decided that it would be about my love for the series that basically paved the way for a whole new concept, Sandbox
So here goes..
My love for the Grand Theft Auto Series
Now up front I'll have to warn you that this blog will be split into atleast two parts.
In the first part I'll talk about the first game in the series.
Grand Theft Auto (1997)
This game came as a breath of fresh air to me at the age of 7 or 8 who had played games like Doom, Doom II and Worms for a while, Even Ports of Call was getting tiresome (I HAVE TO MAKE A BLOGPOST ABOUT THAT GAME)
My cousins hyped me up, because one of my more distant relatives had gotten the game from a friend and they had been playing it for hours, actually getting all the wayto San Andreas in the game by the time I got my hands on it.
I'm gonna be very honest, I live, as I've stated earlier, in Norway, and if there is one thing that brings the scandinavian together under one banner, it's piracy, when I grew up pirated games were the rule more than the exception, and I have been no different, It's not something I'm proud of n retrospect, but as a kid I didn't really know better, and I can wholeheartedly say I haven't pirated a game in years.
Once again I seem to have strayed from the topic here. Back to GTA.
The game was (almost) everything my cousins promised, you could shoot people, run over people, pull off different missions, run over a gang of elvis impersonators (or was that the second game, I always get the elvis impersonators mixed up with the gang of joggers) Drive a tank, Get the cops to come after you, Kill the cops, Steal their car, Listen to radio and much more.
Now I can honestly say that I did NOT play this game from start to end, I was having too much damn fun to do that.
Though most of my rampages ended in a Wasted or Busted screen the fun never stopped, Sometimes I'd find the Kill Frenzy markers that triggered a challenge to off as many people as I possibly could in a set amount of time, and me and my friends started competing by keeping score of how many we got.
Fun? HELL YEAH.
Now where did I park my car??
The game brings back fond memories to this day, and recently the feel of the game has come back with the release of Retro City Rampage, If you are a fan of GTA and GTA II you should most definetly check that out, It's AWESOME.
Now what made me come back to the first two games in the series was the complete mess of destruction you could get away with within the games. But this wasn't what kept me in the series, GTA III introduced a story that was engaging, well written and had hollywood voice actors like Michael Madsen in it,
The maim and destruction was still there but it wasn't the main reason I kept playing, I really wanted to see Claude get his revenge on Catalina for shooting him in the face in the intro of the game.
Claude was pretty much a blank slate that didn't have any past or present, except for the aforementioned shot in the face during a robbery. but the side characters, was what made the game golden for me, Names like 8-ball, Salvatore Leone, Kenji Kessen, Donald Love, all of these made the story pretty interesting, and it didn't hurt that the missions were packed to the rim wity fun fun fun either.
Now I won't make a summary of how much fun each and every game was to me. because that would be a too long blog post and no one would ever read it, so instead, my next blog post, which I'll work on and release over the weekend, will be about my favorite game in the GTA series
GTA: Vice City
Hopefully I'll see you there